The Wonder of Whiffling

The Wonder of Whiffling

Adam Jacot De Boinod

Nonfiction / Humanities / Language

The Wonder of Whiffling is a hugely enjoyable, surprising and rewarding tour of English around the globe (with fine coinages from our English-speaking cousins across the pond, Down Under and elsewhere).Discover all sorts of words you've always wished existed but never knew, such as fornale, to spend one's money before it has been earned; cagg, a solemn vow or resolution not to get drunk for a certain time; and petrichor, the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell. Delving passionately into the English language, Adam Jacot de Boinod also discovers why it is you wouldn't want to have dinner with a vice admiral of the narrow seas, why Jacobites toasted the little gentleman in black velvet, and why a Nottingham Goodnight is better than one from anywhere else.
Read online
  • 35
Toujours Tingo

Toujours Tingo

Adam Jacot De Boinod

Nonfiction / Humanities / Language

Why would Germans accuse you of being like the donkey getting cross with a rabbit? Who would a Spaniard tell to go and fry asparagus? And when might the French claim they are without a radish? Furthering your knowledge of the world�s unusual idioms, Toujours Tingo will also explain how ordering �lamb� in Ethiopia may see a cow delivered to your table, and how politicians in Sweden may be encouraged occasionally to g�ra en hel Pudel (�do a full poodle�) with some humble apologising. Covering such wide-ranging linguistic necessities as arguing, raising children, working and dining out, and filling all those gaps that English leaves thoughtlessly unplugged, this book�s charm would � for Russians at least � be e�iku ponjatno (obvious even to a hedgehog).
Read online
  • 29

I Never Knew There Was a Word For It

I Never Knew There Was a Word For It

Adam Jacot De Boinod

Nonfiction / Humanities / Language

From 'shotclog', a Yorkshire term for a companion only tolerated because he is paying for the drinks, to Albanian having 29 words to describe different kinds of eyebrows, the languages of the world are full of amazing, amusing and illuminating words and expressions that will improve absolutely everybody's quality of life. All they need is this book!This bumper volume gathers all three of Adam Jacot de Boinod's acclaimed books about language - The Wonder of Whiffling, The Meaning of Tingo and Toujours Tingo (their fans include everyone from Stephen Fry to Michael Palin) - into one highly entertaining, keenly priced compendium. As Mariella Frostup said 'You'll never be lost for words again!'
Read online
  • 18